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G551J > I Want To Replace The Optical Drive with an SSD Drive Using a Caddy.

DarkWing-ZERO
Level 7
Hello awesome ROG community! 🙂
First, please forgive my bad English!

I have a ROG G551J laptop and I want to replace the CD drive with an SSD storage using a caddy. Is it possible on the G551J?

I want to know what caddy size should I order. And I'm planning to put the windows system on this new storage, I use this laptop with my office work, so I carry my laptop everyday, will the new storage placement get affected with the vibrations of being carried in the bag everyday?

EDIT: And please, is the optical drive connector for this model is SATA II or a SATA III?

Thanks in advance!
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Clintlgm
Level 14
DarkWing-ZERO wrote:
Hello awesome ROG community! 🙂
First, please forgive my bad English!

I have a ROG G551J laptop and I want to replace the CD drive with an SSD storage using a caddy. Is it possible on the G551J?

I want to know what caddy size should I order. And I'm planning to put the windows system on this new storage, I use this laptop with my office work, so I carry my laptop everyday, will the new storage placement get affected with the vibrations of being carried in the bag everyday?

EDIT: And please, is the optical drive connector for this model is SATA II or a SATA III?

Thanks in advance!


Standard 2.5" laptop hard drive conversion caddy most likely SATA 1.5 or SATA II, The connector itself is the same for All SATA versions its the SATA Controler that controls the speed.
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Clintlgm wrote:
Standard 2.5" laptop hard drive conversion caddy most likely SATA 1.5 or SATA II, The connector itself is the same for All SATA versions its the SATA Controler that controls the speed.


Thanks for the information!
So, should I replace the HDD with the new SSD and then put the HDD in a caddy replacing the CD drive?

DarkWing-ZERO wrote:
Thanks for the information!
So, should I replace the HDD with the new SSD and then put the HDD in a caddy replacing the CD drive?


Yes you should put in a SSD for your OS, I would put in a SSD in the Optical drive slot also, then put your old Hard drive in an external case and if it still good? use it for back up images. I don't have any spinners in any of my notebooks any longer.
G752VY-DH72 Win 10 Pro
512 GB M.2 Samsung 960 Pro
1 TB Samsung 850 pro 2.5 format
980m GTX 4 GB
32GB DDR 4 Standard RAM

Z97 PRO WiFi I7 4790K
Windows 10 Pro
Z97 -A
Windows 10 Pro

navis995
Level 11
I would put HDD in as the speed will be too slow for SSD but fine for HDD.
Asus Rog G750JZ
Screen: 1920x1080 17.3'
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-4700HQ (3.4Ghz @ -70mV)
GPU: GeForce GTX 880M 4GB (OC +125Mhz Core, +600Mhz Memory @ 1.062V)
RAM: Samsung 32GB 1600MHz
Storage #1: Samsung Evo 840 250GB
Storage #2: Samsung Evo 850 500GB
Storage #3: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
Storage #4: Samsung Evo 128GB MicroSD

Navis995, the G551J laptop model came equipped with a Intel HM87 chipset supporting both SATA II and SATA III. In fact some models actually came with SSDs. Now I have to agree with Clintgm that the CDROM connectivity is probably SATA II.
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jdfrench3 wrote:
Navis995, the G551J laptop model came equipped with a Intel HM87 chipset supporting both SATA II and SATA III. In fact some models actually came with SSDs. Now I have to agree with Clintgm that the CDROM connectivity is probably SATA II.


There is almost no way they put sata 3 port in optical drive caddy.
Asus Rog G750JZ
Screen: 1920x1080 17.3'
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-4700HQ (3.4Ghz @ -70mV)
GPU: GeForce GTX 880M 4GB (OC +125Mhz Core, +600Mhz Memory @ 1.062V)
RAM: Samsung 32GB 1600MHz
Storage #1: Samsung Evo 840 250GB
Storage #2: Samsung Evo 850 500GB
Storage #3: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
Storage #4: Samsung Evo 128GB MicroSD

navis995 wrote:
There is almost no way they put sata 3 port in optical drive caddy.

How did you know this? He should just test the ssd in his laptop to know for sure. I have an old G752VT and I have tested an SSD in a caddy at the optical bay and it turned up as sata 3. If you connect an optical drive, it will show as sata 1 but if you connect a sata 3 device, it will also show a sata 3 device. I have verified this a long time ago using crystaldiskmark fyi.

Julskey wrote:
How did you know this? He should just test the ssd in his laptop to know for sure. I have an old G752VT and I have tested an SSD in a caddy at the optical bay and it turned up as sata 3. If you connect an optical drive, it will show as sata 1 but if you connect a sata 3 device, it will also show a sata 3 device. I have verified this a long time ago using crystaldiskmark fyi.


basically the Speeds will be half of those here the main drives are
Asus Rog G750JZ
Screen: 1920x1080 17.3'
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-4700HQ (3.4Ghz @ -70mV)
GPU: GeForce GTX 880M 4GB (OC +125Mhz Core, +600Mhz Memory @ 1.062V)
RAM: Samsung 32GB 1600MHz
Storage #1: Samsung Evo 840 250GB
Storage #2: Samsung Evo 850 500GB
Storage #3: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
Storage #4: Samsung Evo 128GB MicroSD

Mikie21
Level 7
DarkWing-ZERO wrote:
Hello awesome ROG community! 🙂
First, please forgive my bad English!

I have a ROG G551J laptop and I want to replace the CD drive with an SSD storage using a caddy. Is it possible on the G551J?

I want to know what caddy size should I order. And I'm planning to put the windows system on this new storage, I use this laptop with my office work, so I carry my laptop everyday, will the new storage placement get affected with the vibrations of being carried in the bag everyday?

EDIT: And please, is the optical drive connector for this model is SATA II or a SATA III?

Thanks in advance!


A standar 2.5 drive is good enogh